Saturday, June 22, 2013

You need a degree to be an artist!?

I think academia has put a stranglehold on artists by treating the creative process as a scientific method, straining the purity of self expression whilst imposing an imperialistic viewpoint; subjugating imagination with vocation. You can teach anyone to draw, paint or design and they in turn will become skilled masters of their craft, but you can't teach someone how to put a face on the internal struggles human beings are known to contend with. You're able to or you're not. Everyone is born with this gift but it's usually poisoned early on or cut off at the stem. Those lucky enough to survive the uphill battle become part of the few, the proud...the creative. Not through certification but resiliency.